Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Dance of the Chromosomes

The lab of Whitehead Institute Member David Page investigates how specialized cells in the ovaries or testes start a remarkable type of cell division called meiosis in order to form egg or sperm cells. In this image, the cells outlined in red in this mouse testis are organizing and dividing their strand-like chromosomes (green) during meiosis. 

Image by Mina Kojima/Whitehead Institute

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January 28, 2020

VIDEO: Winter 2020 Research Highlights from Whitehead Institute

In this video, learn about new findings by researchers in the Young, Sabatini, Page, Weng, Jaenisch, and Bartel labs.


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Fireflies in a field at twilight

AUGUST 27, 2019

MULTIMEDIA FEATURE: UNUSUAL LABMATES: LIGHTING UP THE LAB

Discover how Whitehead Institute researchers rear these fascinating creatures in the lab and what researchers hope to learn from investigating their biology


PODCAST

Alicia Zamudio, a graduate student in Whitehead Institute Member Richard Young's lab

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

BIOGENESIS PODCAST: ALICIA ZAMUDIO OF THE YOUNG LAB ON CHANGING MAJORS AND EXPLORING TRANSCRIPTION

A new podcast from MIT Biology and Whitehead Institute explores the experiences that led affiliated graduate students to pursue research careers

In the News

A Toxoplasma cyst isolated from a mouse brain. The cyst wall is stained green and the parasites are stained magenta.

January 16, 2020

Putting a finger on the switch of chronic parasite infection

Researchers at Whitehead Institute have discovered the master regulator necessary for the pervasive parasite Toxoplasma gondii to chronically infect its host. This finding provides important insights into the parasite’s biology and allows scientists in the laboratory to control if and when the parasite can differentiate into its chronic stage, which may inform research into prevention and treatment of infection.


Embryonic testis with PGCs in red

November 21, 2019

Committed to reproduction

Whitehead Institute researchers have rewritten the timeline for when and how embryonic cells commit to becoming sex cells, the cells that produce eggs and sperm, and gained insights into the development of testicular cancer.

Images of plants, one with extra salicylic acid

November 22, 2019

Building a roadmap for salicylic acid

Whitehead Institute researchers identify missing enzymes in the biosynthetic pathway for salicylic acid, solving a decades-old puzzle

FEATURED

Illustration of scientist letting genie DNA out of a pot

SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

Beyond the Gene is a collection of pieces across storytelling mediums—text, audio, and video—that together paint a picture of how current research at Whitehead Institute is expanding the understanding of gene regulation.


Announcements

Group photo of Brit d’Arbeloff and David Page (both seated) with Page lab postdoctoral fellow Adrianna San Roman (left) and Sahin Naqvi (rear), then a Page lab graduate student and now a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

January 9, 2020

WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE RECEIVES $10 MILLION GIFT TO STUDY SEX CHROMOSOMES’ IMPACT ON WOMEN'S HEALTH AND DISEASE

The gift establishes the Brit Jepson d’Arbeloff Center on Women's Health within the Institute’s Sex Differences in Health and Disease Initiative.


Whitehead Institute Member Hazel Sive

DECEMBER 13, 2019

SIVE NAMED DEAN AT NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Whitehead Institute Member Hazel Sive, a globally respected developmental biologist and educator, will become Dean of the College of Science at Northeastern University, beginning in June 2020.


Whitehead Institute Director-Elect Ruth Lehmann

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

RUTH LEHMANN ELECTED AS DIRECTOR OF WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE

Lehmann, a world renowned developmental and cell biology researcher, will be Whitehead Institute’s fifth Director.

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